Summer Programs
Day Camp

Parent FAQ

List of 17 frequently asked questions.

  • Why do parents choose Tenacre Day Camp?

    -Utmost attention to the safety and the well being of each camper
    -Nurturing environment with fun, age-appropriate activities
    -Heated pools and small group swimming lessons that continually get top marks from campers and parents
    -Most 3 and 4 year olds swim 1:1 with certified Lifeguards/Swim Instructors
    -Staff who love being with kids, are well trained, and can be counted upon to be role models
    -An older, more mature staff.  Tenacre does not have junior counselors or a CIT program
    -Low counselor to camper ratios
    -Activities taught by teachers and other professionals with college degrees
    -Structured schedule with a wide-variety of activities and individual choice periods for 2nd - 6th graders
    -Aftercamp child care program until 6:00 p.m. that engages campers and gives them choices
    -Elementary school setting that is especially appropriate for the ages of our campers.  As an elementary school, we really understand this age group.
  • Will my child be grouped with campers his/her own age?

    Children are grouped according to age and entering grade. Each group has several eight-week, six-week, four-week, and two-week campers. On occasion, some groups may be a combination of grade levels. The camp makes every effort to create coeducational groups, whenever possible.
  • How many counselors are with the 3 year old campers?  

    In THE THREES program at each activity there is one activity specialist, one lead counselor, and two to three group counselors to maintain a 1:4 ratio. The lead counselor and group counselors travel with and stay with the group. Generally, group sizes range from 12 to a maximum of 15 campers per group.
  • How many counselors are with each group of 4 year old campers (3 Full Days / 2 Half Days)?

    In THE FOURS program (3 Full Day / 2 Half Day) at each activity there is one activity specialist, one head counselor, and two to three group counselors with a maximum of 15-20 campers to maintain a 1:5 ratio. Counselors travel with and stay with the group, and most continue in the same group throughout the summer.
  • How many counselors are with each group of Full Day campers?

    The maximum number of campers in a group is 20.  The counselor-to-camper ratio is 1:5 for children entering K-3rd and 1:8 for children entering 4th-6th grade. Each activity the campers participate in, is led by an activity specialist in addition to the group counselors.  Counselors travel and stay with the group; most continue in the same group throughout the summer.  Our incredible staff-to-camper ratio ensure that every child is well supervised. 
  • What can you tell me about the staff?  

    Counselors must be at least eighteen and entering college. Activity specialists, lead counselors, and head counselors must be college graduates. Staff must go through in-depth, face-to-face interviews, CORI and SORI background checks, a SAFIS fingerprint-based background check, provide personal and work references, and attend staff training.
  • Where does swimming take place?

    The camp has two outdoor, in-ground, heated pools that were built in 2017. The heated pools give the children a comfortable environment in which to swim. The Town of Wellesley inspects all pools several times each season. The Pool Director tests the pools throughout day. The Town of Wellesley Board of Health visits the campus for a comprehensive inspection the first week of the camp season.
  • What is the camp’s swimming program?

    The camp participates in the American Red Cross (ARC) Progressive Skills Program. The camp believes that swimming is an important life-saving skill, thus each swim group size is small.  Each child is individually tested on his/her first day of camp.  The swim staff is entirely separate from the counselor staff, and all members of the swim staff hold Lifeguard Training (LGT) certification with CPR & First Aid. Also, some hold Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification. Every morning each child has an instructional swim lesson. In the afternoon, The Fours and Upper Camp have a recreational swim on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  In the afternoons, the Lower Camp has a second swim Monday - Friday that is recreational, also under the supervision of the swim staff. 
    We will update our camp families in the spring about what swimming will look like for Summer 2022.  In Summer 2021, all of our campers had a swimming lesson every day.  
  • Once my child begins camp, may a session be added?

    Many parents choose to extend their camper's enrollment. We welcome these additions, wherever space is available.
  • What should my camper wear or bring to camp?

    Your child should wear comfortable, labeled, play clothes, fully-enclosed sneakers and socks. Sandals may only be worn to and from the pool area.  ALL CAMPERS need to bring 1 towel, a bathing suit, and a water bottle. Campers should either bring their own nut-free lunch, or purchase lunch from camp.

    *THE THREES and THE FOURS campers should bring an extra set of clothes to keep at camp.
  • What activities are offered for the campers?

    The FULL DAY program offers a variety of traditional camp activities, which may include: art, indoor sports, nature, music, ropes/challenge course, team sports, crafts, theater arts, field sports, clay, newcomb, kickball, storytime, archery, movement, choice activity periods, flag football, and swimming (instructional and recreational).

    THE THREES and THE FOURS activities might include: art, crafts, nature, music, theater games, movement, sports, field games, swim, and storytime. The schedule allows for sensitivity to a slower pace. All campers have a swimming lesson each day.
  • Will the Full Day program have choice activities?

    The Upper Camp (entering 2nd – 6thgrade) will participate daily in individual choice periods.  Choices will be age appropriate, and might include: beading, gimp, flag football, chess, board games, friendship bracelets, floor hockey, gaga ball, newcomb, and more!
    We will update our camp families in the spring about whether or not COVID-19 guidelines allow for group mixing.
  • What if my child becomes sick or injured at camp?

    The camp employs a full-time, licensed nurse to head the health office and care for the campers and staff. The nurse is on duty daily from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. A group counselor will bring a sick camper to the health office and remain with the child. The nurse will make an immediate determination, and if necessary, the parent/s will be notified. If the camper is injured and if the nurse cannot reach the parent/s, the emergency person/s listed on the camper's form will be contacted.  If 911 is called, a Summer Director will travel and stay with the child.
  • When are activity schedules available for campers and parents?  

    Schedules will be available at the camp Meet & Greet, the day before camp begins, and afterwards in the camp office or the Directors’ Shed. Each year, the camp modifies and/or adds new activities to the schedule using feedback from the camp survey and staff expertise. 
  • Does camp provide a parent resource?

    An Information Resource for parents will be emailed before camp opens. The camp prepares extensive mailings in the spring that include health guidelines, ID pickup cards, arrival and dismissal maps, group listings, and several forms such as: medication authorization, additional ID pickup card requests, carpool listing, emergency closings and communication updates. Camp information and forms are also posted online on Campsite, the parent dashboard.
  • Does the camp provide transportation?

    We do not provide transportation.  However, we email a carpool list to all families. 
  • How does pick-up and drop-off work?

    In the morning, drop-off is from 8:00 a.m. until 8:25 a.m.  Our car line enters by way of the 160 Grove Street entrance.  Our camp staff are helpful in guiding our car line through the arrival route.  The campers are assisted out of the car by one of our staff members and taken to their group.  All cars exit onto Benvenue Street.

    After 8:25 a.m., arriving families need to park their cars in the Benvenue Street parking lot behind the school. Campers must first be signed in at the Directors' Shed, and then one of our staff members will take your camper to his/her group. 

    Dismissal begins at 1:00 p.m. for some of our 3 and 4 year olds.  Campers that are staying for a full day will depart at 3:15 p.m.  ID CARDS must be presented each day to pick up your child, and you must also sign them out.  

    All pick-ups are via the 160 Grove Street entrance.  Drivers should arrive by 12:55 for the 1:00 dismissal.  Drivers should arrive at 3:10 for the 3:15 dismissal.

    If you are a walker and will pick-up your camper on foot, you should wait by the basketball standards on the blacktop, and the camp staff will bring your child to you.  You must show your ID CARD and sign out your camper.
Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day.